THE TWO KOFI MEMBERS ANDREAS HEPP AND Susan Benz (born Alpen) Together with piet simon publish a research article on the The coverage on the Quantified Self movement in Germany and The United Kingdom from 2007 to 2018.
The essay was published in the academic journal “Communication”. From the abstract:
“This article presents the results of a discourse analysis of press coverage on the Quantified Self (QS) movement in the German and British (online) press between 2007 and 2018. The analysis is driven by two questions: What discursive patterns can be discerned within this coverage? And, what characterizes the translation of the experimental practices and imaginaries of this pioneer community into an overall societal reflection of deep mediatization? In essence, the article shows that the QS movement becomes a ‘general signifier’ for a dystopian view of deep mediatization. So, while the QS movement itself understands its practices and community as self-empowering, self-reasoning, and experimental, the constructions of the QS movement in public discourse suggest the opposite. Paradoxically, however, another basic imaginary of the pioneer community is adopted and confirmed, namely that of the (simple) mutability of society as a consequence of digital media technologies.”
The essay is available open access in full here.
THE CURRENT ISSUE OF M&K, WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON “RESEARCH SOFTWARE IN COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RESEARCH,” INCLUDES CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SEVERAL KOFI MEMBERS.
In their introduction to the special issue “Beyond the Computational Turn: Methodological Development and Research Software in Communication and Media Studies,” Andreas Hepp, Wiebke Loosen and Uwe Hasebrink emphasize the increasing importance of research software in communication and media studies to support various methodological approaches. In another article entitled “Co-Creation as a Development Method: On Possibilities and Limits of Participatory Research Software Development Using the Example of
the Sorting Software MeSort and Diary Software MeTag”, Florian Hohmann describes experiences with the co-creation approach from a research software project at ZeMKI.
M&K has recently become an open access journal and is available here.
THE TWO KOFI MEMBERS ANDREAS HEPP AND WIEBKE LOOSEN publish a research article on the conceptualisation of the role of pioneer journalists and pioneer communities in the organisational refiguration of journalism..
The essay was published in the academic journal “Journalism”. Recent journalism research often argues that it is high time that we moved beyond the newsroom and begin asking who it is that is stimulating transformation and not what it is, as individual journalists, entrepreneurs, technology firms, and startups assume an increasingly critical role in the development of the field. This article introduces the concept of ‘pioneer journalism’ to provide just such an analysis across different organizational contexts. Pioneer journalism is understood as a particular group of journalists that incorporates new organizational forms and experimental practice in pursuit of redefining the field and its structural foundations. To introduce this concept, the article argues along three stages. First, it develops a theoretical basis on which to pin our understanding of pioneering practice by reviewing previous research into journalism’s transformation beyond the newsroom. Second, it extends the theoretical discussion into the empirical realm by looking at five extreme cases of pioneer journalists through an explorative interview analysis. Third, and to conclude, an integrated concept of pioneer journalism is outlined as a point of departure from which to further consider journalism’s re-figuration more generally.
The essay is available free of charge in full here.
THE TWO KOFI MEMBERS ANDREAS HEPP AND WIEBKE LOOSEN ARE REPRESENTED WITH A CONTRIBUTION IN THE PROCEEDINGS TO THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE JOURNALISM/JOURNALISM RESEARCH SECTION OF THE DGPUK 2019.
In the paper, titled (in German) “Neujustierung holistisch gedacht — und gemacht: Feldbeobachtung, Forschungspraxis, Theorieentwicklung in der Journalismusforschung”, Hepp and Loosen address the impact of deep mediatization on journalism research. From the abstract:
“Journalism, just like journalism research, is confronted with trends related to the processes of deep mediatization: the increasing differentiation, connectivity, and omnipresence of digital media, the rapid pace of innovation, and the seemingly unstoppable rise of the datafication of everyday life. In the course of these developments, journalism research has had to broaden its scope over the years, particularly in terms of the actors, practices and types of organization that are affected by present conditions. Both theoretically and practically, journalism research has opened up to other disciplines and methods and at the same time has been “discovered” by those other disciplines. Against this background and based on examples from our joint research, we argue that a readjustment of journalism research should be combined with a holistic perspective: in field observation, research practice and theory development”
The paper is available in the Social Science Open Access Repository here.
THE TWO KOFI-MEMBERS WIEBKE LOOSEN AND ANDREAS HEPP, with the help of many other members of the research network, share their experiences with conferences in times of corona.
The current issue of Aviso contains a special section on the topic of research in times of Corona. For this, members of the KoFi research network have shared their experiences in dealing with conferences such as ICA 2020 – both as audience and speakers.
You can find the issue of Aviso here.
THE TWO KOFI-MEMBERS ANDREAS HEPP AND WIEBKE LOOSEN WILL GIVE A LECTURE ON THE TOPIC OF COMMUNICATIVE ROBOTS AT THE 40TH CONGRESS OF THE GERMAN SOCIETY FOR SOCIOLOGY UNDER THE MOTTO “SOCIETY UNDER TENSION”.
The lecture with the title “Communicative Robots: Automated Communication, Entanglement and Agency” is part of a panel on how digitization challenges concepts of actors and communication. It will take place on Thursday, 17.09.2020 between 13:30 and 16:30.
Due to the Covid-19 situation the congress will be held entirely digitally via the software Zoom. Further information as well as the entire conference program can be found on the congress homepage at www.kongress2020.soziologie.de.